This week is National Hate Crime Awareness week (#NationalHCAW). To coincide with this, we want to make sure that you know how to report a hate crime, and how to get support if you have been the victim of a hate crime.
What is it?
While many people think hate crime doesn’t exist, sadly it does. Home Office figures revealed that there were 80,393 offences in 2016-17, compared with 62,518 in 2015-16 – the largest increase since the Home Office began recording figures in 2011-12.
A hate crime is any crime which is perceived by the victim or anyone else, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone because of:
- Gender identity
- Race or ethnic origin
- Religion or belief including alternative sub cultures
- Sexual orientation
It can be against an individual or their property and can include (but not limited to):
- Physical attack
- Verbal abuse
- Offensive graffiti, vandalism
- Threats, harassment, intimidation
- Offensive or threatening messages, including online
Everyone has the right to live without fear or harassment.
It’s really important that you report a hate crime, no matter how big or small you may think it is. Unless we and our partners know that hate crimes are happening, we can’t do anything about it. Reporting them helps us, and especially the police to understand the level of hate crime in our city, and improve the way we respond.
You don’t just have to be a victim of a hate crime to report it. If you have witnessed a hate crime, it’s equally important that you report it.
You can also report on behalf of someone else (such as a family member or friend).
It really does make a difference. By reporting a hate crime, you could stop it happening to someone else.
So how can you report a hate crime?
In an emergency, you should always call 999. In a non-emergency you can contact 101.
Sometimes it can be intimidating to speak to the police, in which case you have a number of options. There are groups who can offer you free, impartial advice, and reporting tools:
Support for you
While reporting these vulgar crimes is important, it’s also essential that anyone who has been the recipient of hate crime gets the right support.
You don’t have to report it to police to access this.
In Derby there are groups locally who you can access support through:
There is no place for hate crime in Derby. This #NationalHCAW, we stand with those affected by hate crime. We remember those we have lost, and we support those who need it.